Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $139,368)
The Survey of Jails in Indian Country collects annually detailed information on confinement facilities, detention centers, jails, and other facilities operated by tribal authorities or the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Under this award, Westat, Inc., serving as the data collection agent, will: (1) carry out the 2007 and 2008 surveys, ensuring that desired response rates are achieved; (2) enter data into a database and verify data for extraneous or out-of-range responses, taking appropriate steps to correct errors; (3) deliver final datasets and documentation to BJS within agreed upon time frames; and, (4) based on the conduct of the 2007 survey, suggest modifications to the 2008 survey instrument.
The surveys include two components: (1) the standard collection of information on inmate counts, movements, and facility operations and staff; and (2) an addendum to the survey on inmate health care and facility programs. The addendum aims to collect data on medical assessments and mental health screening procedures, and facility programs and services such as inmate work assignments, counseling, and education programs.
Westat, Inc. will conduct outreach activities designed to obtain support from national and regional American Indian and Alaska Native organizations and encourage respondent participation in the survey. In addition, Westat, Inc. will develop a workgroup to identify ways to enhance the content and methodology of the survey.